Is the FBI Using Intimidation Tactics Against Wife of Justina Pelletier's Guardian Hacktivist?

Dana Gottesfeld, the wife of imprisoned hacktivist Marty Gottesfeld claims that the FBI is using intimidation tactics against her. She says they are threatening to investigate her unless she takes down YouTube audio of testimony given by an FBI special agent at a detention hearing for her husband.


Dana says the FBI has ominously warned her that recording court proceedings is illegal and they will have to investigate her if it is not removed from YouTube, but the recording she posted was obtained legally through the court.

The testimony is embarrassing to the FBI because it shows that they have done nothing to investigate the “medical kidnapping” of Justina Pelletier, which Michelle Malkin recently investigated.

Dana’s husband, Marty, faces felony charges of computer hacking and conspiracy related to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in April 2014 against Boston Children’s and the nearby Wayside Youth and Family Support Network residential treatment. Marty had organized a social-media army to knock the computer networks of both institutions offline to protest the medical kidnapping of then-15-year-old Justina Pelletier. Hackers from the loose-knit collective, Anonymous, allegedly participated in the campaign.

Justina’s plight had become international news in Marty’s backyard. One fateful winter day in February 2013, Justina traveled with her mom to BCH from her West Hartford, Conn., home, seeking relief from a severe case of the flu. Ordinary sickness compounded Justina’s rare medical conditions, including mitochondrial disease and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. But those illnesses hadn’t stopped her from participating in school, competitive ice skating, and an active family life.

Instead of receiving top-notch care and attention at BCH, however, Justina was snatched from her parents and recklessly rediagnosed with a psychological condition, “somatoform disorder.” She was dragged from BCH’s neurology department to its infamous psych ward, where she was reprimanded for being unable to move her bowels or walk unassisted in her weakened state. At Wayside, she was harassed by a staffer while taking a shower. The physical and mental torture lasted 16 months.


This is a complicated case I’ve written about before and it reeks of cronyism and corruption. The power structure in Boston is determined to prosecute Gottesfeld for orchestrating a direct denial of service attack on the hospital’s online donation portal but has shown no interest in investigating or prosecuting anyone for the violation of Justina Pelletier’s human rights or the rights of her parents.

Here is the audio recording the FBI is objecting to.

Dana has email evidence as well as an invoice proving that she obtained the recordings legally through official channels, all of which leads her to believe the FBI is attempting to intimidate her. Her husband released a statement via Facebook accompanied by the recording.

“If the people of America trust you with a badge and you hear of a child being tortured, then you are supposed to use that badge to protect that child. It’s called the duty to act. Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity. Three words lost on these Boston FBI agents who are protecting the people who abducted and tortured young Justina instead of Justina and her family.”
–Martin “MartyG” Gottesfeld

As I wrote once before, the issue for me here isn’t whether or not Marty Gottesfeld broke the law. The issue is the selective prosecution of a man who was acting in response to a gross violation of human rights that hasn’t even been investigated because the powerful are protecting each other while doing nothing for the real victim, Justina Pelletier.



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